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Foot out or foot in? Liam does the Husky Hokey Cokey
upermotos are funny old things. Are they off-road bikes with road pretensions, or the other way round? Should you stick your knee out or your inside foot forward, motocross-style? As a road rider I ride the 701 like any other road bike; inside foot firmly on the peg, wheels strictly in-line.
To find out how a proper supermoto rider rides, I spoke to 10 times British champion Chris Hodgson. He said: “It’s a knack all on its own. I sit upright and the bike’s on the edge of the tyre to make it slide into the corner. Once you slide into the corner part of the turn has already been made so on tighter corners it’s a quicker way round. Sitting on top and having your foot out is a safety device when you feel either end move. Stick your foot into the floor and you can normally save it. I can’t see it being of any benefit to a rider on the road.”
After my chat with Chris I went out for a spin, legs waving like football scarves out of car windows at every turn as I tried my best to ride like a supermoto